Friday, May 18, 2007

Approaching With Reverence the Blank Canvas

In a gallery at the Palazzo Grazzi in Venice there was an exhibition of some of the works of the American artist, Raymond Pettibon.

My eye was captured by his statement about reverence towards one’s craft or work. While the imagery is about writing and drawing, it has implications for all our work.

“Each dip in the inkwell, another baptism. Covering oneself first, completely, before approaching, with reverence, the blank canvas.”

Image: “Each dip in the inkwell, another baptism.”